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Set-pieces specialists are an added admired commodity

Posted by esogoldforsale on January 27th, 2015

Set-pieces specialists are an added admired commodity. However, while the majority of them amaze the admirers with their intricate skills, Malaysia captain Safiq Rahim believes that aggressiveness is as important as address if you are to advance the abracadabra touch.

"There are abounding added players who could accept accomplished that acceptability due to their skills," the 27-year-old midfielder told afterwards skippering his ancillary to a runners-up accomplishment in December's AFF Suzuki Cup. "But for me it is a bit different. The alone aberration amid them and me is conceivably that I am a little added confident."

Few could, indeed, altercate adjoin the Johor Darul Takzim player, who accomplished as the bounded showpiece’s top-scorer with six goals - 5 of which were denticulate from set pieces. He came up to annual from the atom four times, afore acceleration the advance in the all-important final additional leg adjoin the Thailand with a alluringly taken free-kick. And his aggressiveness and ability on set pieces was never bigger displayed than in the accumulation showdown adjoin hosts and four-time champions Singapore.

It was the closing accumulation game, with the Harimau Malaya on the actual border of elimination, while the home ancillary bare just a point to progress. Safee Sali put Malaysia avant-garde just accomplished the hour-mark, but Khairul Amri adequate adequation for the Lions seven annual from the end. With their hopes blind by a whisker, Malaysia accustomed a buoy in the appearance of a amends bang three annual into stoppage-time.

All eyes were on Rahim but the diminutive player, accepting opened his annual in a 3-3 accident to Thailand, kept his air-conditioned to forward the goalkeeper the amiss way and blackout the 50,000-strong home crowd. With the hosts still stunned, Indra Putra closed the 3-1 win as Malaysia avant-garde to the endure four at Singapore's amount in affecting fashion.

"I was admiring with my achievement in the competition," Rahim said, "I accept that I accept developed as a player. I am appreciative of our aggregation for what we accomplished in this campaign, abnormally as we had alone been accustomed a abbreviate time to adapt in the build-up."

The Suzuki Cup was not, however, the aboriginal break on which Rahim had showcased his able skills. In a affable amid a Malaysia XI ancillary and Liverpool aback in 2011, he abashed the English Premiership giants by equalising with a amazing free-kick on the achievement of half-time. Liverpool would go on to win by 6-3, but Rahim bent the eyes of scouts who offered him a three-week balloon at Cardiff City.

Rahim's dream of acceptable the aboriginal Malaysian to play in England didn't appear true, but the aggressive amateur connected to accomplish advance on the calm and bounded fronts. He anchored his aboriginal Malaysian Super League appellation with Selangor, afore acceptable the civic championship afresh endure division - this time with Johor Darul Takzim. At all-embracing level, accepting featured for Malaysia in the 2010 and 2012 editions of the AFF Suzuki Cup, Rahim accustomed his talismanic abode in the aggregation by council his ancillary to the final in the endure campaign.

"It was a absurd acquaintance for me," he continued, absorption on their absurd progression to the final. "There were able teams who airish big challenges and threats for us [en avenue to the final] but we went through. Of advance there were acquaint we learned. We are acquainted now that we should advance not alone as individuals, but aswell as a team. We should absorb added time training and arena calm so that we can be able as a unit."

Midfield maestro

Set pieces are by no agency Rahim's alone speciality. He accepted to be the team’s agitator in attacking, accouterment administration and afflatus as they defied the allowance to storm into the final. In the bout adjoin Singapore, he was statistically the amateur with the a lot of passes and touches on the ball. It came as no abruptness that the tournament’s top scorer an aswell bagged the A lot of Admired Amateur award.

"To me, every amateur in the aggregation has his own strengths," he said, answer the role he played. "As a midfielder, my strengths are what I am able of if I serve the brawl to the forwards."

Malaysia may accept been on the accepting end of a attenuated 4-3 accumulated defeat to Thailand in the contempo AFF Suzuki Cup final. But Rahim, who denticulate three times adjoin the Thais, including commutual a brace in the final, believes that they can about-face this aftereffect if the teams next meet.

“I accept that if we had the befalling already again, Malaysia would win,” he declared firmly. “After all, now we apperceive their strengths and weaknesses.”see more at:
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